- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - Wyeth Holdings has agreed to perform nearly $194 million worth of cleanup work at a New Jersey Superfund site.

The project will remediate six disposal areas on the 575-acre American Cyanamid Superfund site in Bridgewater, where chemicals were manufactured for nearly a century, the Courier News reported (https://mycj.co/1P5JCbu ).

Wyeth, a subsidiary, of Pfizer, will also pay $1 million for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s past costs of overseeing cleanup at the site.

The work includes remediating contaminated soil and groundwater. In addition, Wyeth will close two disposal areas. Contents from those areas were previously excavated and removed from the site.

“This agreement marks an important milestone in EPA’s work to clean up pollution throughout this complex site,” said Regional EPA Administrator Judith A. Enck. “This will allow critical work to reduce problems posed by soil and groundwater contamination on parts of the site.”

The agreement has drawn fire from the New Jersey Sierra Club. Its director, Jeff Tittel, described the plan as a cap not a cleanup and said it amounts to “Russian roulette.”


Information from: Courier News (Bridgewater, N.J.) , https://www.mycentraljersey.com

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